Tag: Mark Twain

  • A Blast of the Past #114: Mark Twain

    If you grow up in the Southern Tier of New York, especially anywhere near Elmira, you you the importance of Elmira to the life of Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain. Back during Twains Sequicentennial in 1985, in fact, Hannibal, MO had a real imbroglio, while Elmira put on a celebration that far outshone the one […]

  • A Blast of the Past #102: Hannibal

    On the way back from our meeting with family in Ohio, and tour of the parks, we stopped to see some sights in Hannibal.  We always prefer going across Missouri on Route 36 (eventually Interstate I-72?) through Hannibal rather than I-70 to St. Louis. For the first time, for me and the kids, not sure […]

  • The Fallacy of straight line projection

    “In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year.  “Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the old Oolitic Silurian Period, must […]